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Rumor: ‘Fast Five’ & ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Director Justin Lin Courted To Direct ‘Akira’

27 June 2016 12:40 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Like an unkillable, unstoppable, unwanted monster in a direct-to-video horror movie sequel, the potential “Akira” remake just keeps on coming. The original Katsuhiro Otomo film is now nearly thirty years old, and it sometimes feels like Hollywood has been attempting to remake it for as much time as that (though Warner Bros. have only had […]

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Final Trailer for ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Makes Some Noise

27 June 2016 8:49 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Once a movie studio has covered “this movie is a blast” with the Beastie Boys and “this is toweringly epic” with a more orchestral tinge, the final step is naturally “this is earth-shatteringly emotional, but with style” by using Rihanna. That’s the steps taken by the team behind Star Trek Beyond with the final trailer for the sci-fi adventure, featuring the new song “Sledgehammer.”

Following the tragic loss of co-star Anton Yelchin, he doesn’t show up here, but the final trailer carries a more somber tone. It features Chris Pine’s Kirk questioning his enrollment in Star Fleet (and really, the meaning of existence, with the help of some classic on-the-nose dialogue from Karl Urban), Idris Elba‘s Krall in action, and of course, things exploding.

In related news, Justin Lin, who, before taking on this latest Star Trek entry, has directed four entries in the Fast and Furious franchise, »

- Mike Mazzanti

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Justin Lin In Talks To Direct ‘Akira’ Live-Action Adaptation — Report

27 June 2016 8:32 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Justin Lin’s latest film “Star Trek Beyond,” the third film in the “Star Trek” reboot franchise, will hit theaters in just a few short weeks, but the acclaimed action director is already in talks for a couple future projects. Along with his “Space Jam” sequel starring LeBron James, Slash Film reports that Warner Bros. is talking to Lin about helming a live-action adaptation of the iconic cyberpunk manga, and later anime film, “Akira.” Though the film has been in development hell for years now, with various directors and actors attached to the project, but Lin might finally be the guy for the job.

Read More: ‘Space Jam 2’: Justin Lin to Take His Chance, Do His Dance With LeBron James in Highly Anticipated Sequel

Set in a dystopian version of Tokyo called Neo-Tokyo, “Akira” follows two teenage bikers Tetsuo and Kaneda as their lives radically change after dormant »

- Vikram Murthi

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Studio Ghibli Animator Makiko Futaki: A Tribute

24 June 2016 3:10 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

After Studio Ghibli veteran Makiko Futaki died in May, Pixar’s animator-director Peter Sohn (“The Good Dinosaur”) agreed to write a tribute and discovered a personal style in re-examining her work.

Makiko Futaki lived a life of animation. She worked on films from Katsuhiro Otomo’s “Akira” to Hayao Miyazaki’s “Howl’s Moving Castle.”

To be honest, I did not know her work until I had heard of her unfortunate passing in May at the young age of 57. Her list of film credits were jaw dropping. She had injected her talent into many of the greatest films of all time.

Animation can be an invisible art form because it is so collaborative. It is sometimes hard to discern which animator animated what scene in a particular film, but after watching several films an animator drew moments for, one can begin to see a personal style.

In Miyazaki’s “Laputa, »

- Bill Desowitz

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So Bad It’s Terrible! Troll 2 Midnights at The Tivoli This Weekend

19 June 2016 7:20 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

“Half man, half plant. A goblin’s favorite food!”

Troll 2 plays this weekend (June 24th and 25th) at The Tivoli at midnight as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli midnight series.

Finally, a movie so bad, it has its own separate documentary about just how bad it is! Troll 2 is one of the most unbelievable sequels ever made, and one supposedly shot entirely without the knowledge or consent of the creators of the first Troll film!

At first glance Troll 2 is simply a sub-z-grade continuity abomination, but really it’s a nonstop explosion of genius disguised as ineptitude. Grade-schooler Joshua is visited by the protective ghost of his Grandpa Seth, who warns him that his family’s vacation destination – the town of Nilbog (!) may be worth avoiding. But there’s no changing dad’s mind, and soon the whole family is knee-deep in black magic and nefarious villagers, »

- Tom Stockman

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[Review] Above and Below

14 April 2016 12:47 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Writer-director Nicolas Steiner’s graduation film has nothing to do about moving on to new stages of life. Above and Below, his dramatized documentary, rather hones in on lives in stagnation.

The title and the connection between his subjects are contained within one gorgeously constructed shot about three-quarters through the film, moving from an upside-down April, trapped on another planet in a Mars simulation, down to the desert with David stuck right there on it, before dissolving beneath the dust to the small hovel tarpaulined off in Rick and Cindy’s sewage tunnel and culminating in the Gollum-like blackness harboring Godfather Lalo.

Five people, four homeless, whose lives stand still.

While the camerawork often frames whichever of the five happens to be on screen in some sort of isolation, either within the confines of a costume space helmet or the tight circle of a drain pipe, the people in the »

- Jacob Oller

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Review: Mamoru Hosoda's Conventional And Unsatisfying ‘The Boy And The Beast’

2 March 2016 2:02 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Japanese animation is at an interesting crossroads. At home, it’s obviously as big as ever, and there’s a smattering of hardcore otaku across the world. But the filmmakers who won the most acclaim for those movies, in the West at least, have started to drift away — Oscar-winner Hayao Miyazaki has retired, as has his colleague Isao Takahata, with their Studio Ghibli home winding down, while Satoshi Kon passed away five years ago, and “Akira” helmer Katsuhiro Otomo hasn’t made an animated feature in a decade. But there is hope, and some of it is in the form of director Mamoru Hosoda, who’s become one of the most hotly-tipped anime filmmakers of the last few years. Though he came from somewhat ignoble beginnings (his first feature was “Digimon: The Movie,” and he was allegedly fired off Ghibli’s “Howl’s Moving Castle”), he’s consistently impressed with »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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